NHL Prospects Roundup: Domi, Samuelsson impress in win

By Ken McKenna
Henrik Samuelsson - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson celebrates the first goal of the game vs. the Los Angeles Kings in what would be a three-point night for the former Edmonton Oil Kings forward (courtesy of Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


It was Split Squad Mania on Day 2 of the 2014 NHL preseason slate as eight of the 12 games played involved teams icing a split squad.  Seemingly more chances for NHL prospects to shine, but in the end only a handful of notable performances from the youngsters.

Samuelsson, Domi lead attack in Arizona win

The Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings played two split squad games, one in Glendale, AZ, the other at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, last the scene of the Kings’ Stanley Cup win over the New York Rangers.

The game in Glendale was a 5-4 shootout win for the Coyotes. Arizona prospects Max Domi and Henrik Samuelsson, ranked second and third on the Coyotes’ prospect list by Hockey’s Future, gave the hometown fans some hope for the future with each player picking up three points on the night plus a shootout goal. Samuelsson, who wrapped up his junior career back in May with a Memorial Cup win, netted a goal and added two assists while Domi notched three assists on the evening. Samuelsson earned second star honors while Domi was named the third star of the game.

Boucher impressive in Devils win

The New Jersey Devils opened their preseason with a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. The most impressive prospect on the night was Devils’ forward Reid Boucher, who picked up two points in this game. One point was definitely an assist, on a goal by Michael Ryder. The other point was credited as a goal for Boucher, but may have been a tip-in for Adam Henrique. you can view the highlight and decide for yourself.

Ryder ended up as the first star of the game, but more than a few felt Boucher was worthy of consideration (he wasn’t named a star, however).

Rangers’ prospect Jesper Fast netted a nice goal in the loss, firing in a shot from the slot past Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid to tie the game at 4 apiece.

Dickinson, McKenzie lead Dallas to opening win

The Dallas Stars opened their preseason with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues. Curtis McKenzie, a star for the Calder Cup-winning Texas Stars last season, scored the second goal of the game for the Stars with a wrist shot that beat Blues’ goaltender Niklas Lundstrom. Jason Dickinson then scored the eventual game-winning goal, tipping in a shot by Erik Cole. Dickinson was named the third star of the game.

Stolarz impresses in shootout loss

Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz returned to his most recent “home” in London, ON where he turned in a strong performance in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The former London Knights’ backstop stopped 29 of 31 shots in regulation and overtime, but was not able to prevent David Booth from scoring the shootout winner. Another former Knight, Nazem Kadri, starred for the Leafs, scoring a goal and assist in the win.


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